By KCRW, Rob Long
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A wry take on real life in Hollywood.
||CleanPreparation||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the worst pitch I ever heard about, which involved a basketball, hot coffee, and a writer with bad aim.||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPumpkin icon||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot we talk about the one-page guide to everything you need to know about the entire entertainment industry, in all of its forms and shapes, and that’s the call sheet, which reveals all of the mysteries...||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeep cut||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about what an editor on a movie or TV show really does, which is, watch every take, every outtake, every shot. They see us all at our worst, which is probably why they’re always getting pushed...||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat else can I buy?||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I try to explain why the most successful companies in the entertainment business are like the concession stand at the movie theater. You’re not selling the movie. You’re selling the Mild Duds.||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOverheard||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I listen in on a conversation between a writer and someone giving the writer some very tough feedback on the writer’s latest script, which the writer is now really regretting having asked for. That...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNever heard of it||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I appear on an obscure talk show on CSPAN one time, get recognized the next day by one person, and think I’m now a famous person who will continue to be recognized by a fascinated public.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing shopping||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about how part of watching a movie or television show is about shopping, for clothes and home decor and maybe even friends.||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJay||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about how you know when someone really loves you, by marshmallows and piles of shrimp.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPilot season||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the worst sales pitch ever, which goes like this: you’re terrible at your job, you don’t know what you’re doing, please hire me.||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorage Wars||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I clean things out for the new year. Digitally, I mean, Clips and ideas and files from an extremely cluttered Dropbox, iCloud, and Evernote.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInfluencer||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot a friend opens a new coffee place in New York and I commit acts of influencing and plugola, in exchange for a tall drip.||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo one is reading||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I’d like to get a lot done this week but of course I can’t because it’s the holidays and it’s hard to get anyone’s attention until after the holidays when it’s crazy because we just got back...||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy friend’s place||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about impossible it is for some people to remember that they have enough stuff, enough of everything. And by some people I mean, me. But maybe not just me.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNormal||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I tell the story of the movie star, the eighty dollar plumber, and the joys of a normal life. It all ties together, I promise.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReboot||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about what happened when my tailor died and his shop was rebooted and remodeled and was better in almost every way except one: it was missing something, like a lot of reboots.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMicrodosing||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I hypothetically and with names changed, explore some of the ways writers get scripts written, from Adderall to ten micrograms of LSD, everything but just sitting down and doing the work.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI don’t see it||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about my most recent act of bad business judgment.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManifesto, Part 3||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I tell the story of the older actress who wouldn’t play a grandmother, because she didn’t think the audience saw her as the grandmother type. She was eighty. And in real life, a great grandmother.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManifesto, Part 2||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about that thing where when you go someplace foreign and you buy something you think you’re going to wear back home, but, you’re never going to wear it back home.||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChild’s Pose||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I struggle to wedge myself into child’s pose during yoga, while the woman next to me ignores the teacher entirely and just stretches out. It’s a lightbulb moment for me.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManifesto, Part 1||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot, the first episode of my manifesto on how to get better television. It starts a little slow, like a lot of shows on premium cable and streaming services, but stick with it.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUgly laughing||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I tell the story of the young comedy writer who has dinner with the older comedy writer, and the young comedy writer has the temerity to say something funny. Bad move.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSit in the chair||This is Rob Long and on today’s Martini Shot I talk about the time I was in Gori, Georgia and I sat in Stalin’s old reading chair and it was pretty weird, and then I twist that into an analogy about the entertainment business, as I usually do.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou’ve heard of me?||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I tell the story of two actors up for the same part who interpreted the character very differently, and what happened after that. Spoiler alert: they both got the job. Which almost never happens.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew rule||This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I use a very grim battlefield metaphor to describe the new Best Popular Movie Oscar award, coming in 2019. It’s a little dark, but then so is the entertainment business.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This stuff is solid gold, but I have some “notes”
Im not leaving a review, but if it was a review it would be something like this ... Rob Long’s humorous insights on the “industry” were shared in his two brilliant and funny books - before the “sharing” and “streaming” of “content” took over the “business.” These podcasts are wonderful bite-size extensions of his life’s experiences and his hilarious perspective on Hollywood today. They are the perfect length; just the right depth and scope, ... but “Josh” thinks they could be a bit longer, and I don’t disagree. They will make you laugh and cry at just the right times. Subscribe... and maybe they will get longer - not that they have to.
BTW, despite the effusive praise in this non-review, I am truly a fan of Rob and his work, and not a paid endorser or family member. Besides, nobody intelligent sleeps with writers in Hollywood.
Sorry about your Dad. Sounds like a great guy
Martini Shot is an insider’s wit and wisdom about the film industry but often its a lot more than that; It’s sometimes
parables for life.
Rob Long is a genius storyteller. All you need is 4 minutes and you are hooked. I was. I’m a loyal listener of the GLoP and just found out about this at the end of the podcast. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it before today! The “Jay” episode is everything! Heart you Rob Long!